So, Tuesday afternoon I went for a nice ride out 14th to Saltillo, then SW 12th and north to Pioneers Park. On the way home I took the path, and then had to merge with traffic to cross highway 2 because of the new traffic configuration at Van Dorn and highway 2 (the sidewalk on the south side of the intersection running east and west is no longer there).
As I head down Van Dorn and then up the hill towards the light at 13th street, it occurred to me that there are certain laws that govern our actions and behaviors as cyclists, some of which happened to take effect that day. To wit:
1) If you are going uphill, and approaching a light, the light will turn red most of the time.
2) The heavier the traffic around you, and the steeper the hill, the more probable it is that the light will turn red.
3) The light will not turn red until you have almost reached the intersection, causing you to stop suddenly with no chance to shift down to an easier gear.
4) Your ability to clip in on the first attempt after a red light is inversely related to the amount of traffic, the steepness of the hill, and the ridiculously high gear you were forced to stop in.
There are others unrelated to my situation yesterday, such as:
1) A slow motion fall when you are learning to ride in clipless pedals will happen when the most people are around to see you.
Can you guys come up with some other good ones?